David Sasaki

by David Sasaki

Media development as a field within international development has existed for at least 30 years. Broadly speaking, media development organizations provide financial support, training, and resources to groups in developing countries that want build and sustain media organizations. An active and dynamic media ecosystem, the thinking goes, leads to greater government transparency, a more informed […] more »

by David Sasaki

Rising Voices is pleased to announce the release of “Blogging Positively,” a collection of case studies, interviews, and best practices about citizen media related to HIV/AIDS. You will be introduced to some of the leaders and veterans of the HIV-positive blogging community, and also to citizen media projects which aim to spread more awareness about […] more »

by David Sasaki

Liberia was afforded a rare glimpse of international media attention this week when United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the capital Monrovia and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Photo of Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson and Hillary Clinton by Glenna Gordon Glenna Gordon, a Monrovia-based American journalist who was involved in a training workshop for Liberian bloggers, […] more »

by David Sasaki

Engineering a single laptop to serve the educational needs of young students throughout the developing world is no easy feat. Designers at MIT’s Media Lab needed to keep the cost of the machine well below $200, and yet it required many of the same features that owners of traditional laptops have come to expect: a […] more »

by David Sasaki

2008 was the year of aggregating data related to local communities and displaying that information on maps. Knight News Challenge grantee EveryBlock, for example, labored to convince city governments to make their data more open and accessible, and then created a beautiful map interface to display what is happening where in real time. Map of […] more »

by David Sasaki

View Larger Map Map of El Nula, a small village in the Venzuelan state of Apure along the Colombian border. One of the world’s lesser-known conflicts has endured for over a decade along the Colombia-Venezuela border. According to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ latest report: Colombian guerrillas and paramilitaries, together with the Fuerzas […] more »

by David Sasaki

In January we received over 270 proposals from activists, bloggers, and NGO’s all wanting to use citizen media tools to bring new communities – long ignored by both traditional and new media – to the conversational web. It was, by far, the highest number of proposals Rising Voices has ever received in its two-year history […] more »

by David Sasaki

Last week I gave a guest lecture to USC’s COMM620 “research seminar on mobile phones, online community, and social change.” The course is the academic component of an ambitious project called Mobile Voices, funded by the Annenberg Program on Online Communities, the Social Science Research Council, and the Nokia Research Center. It is a great […] more »

by David Sasaki

At Rising Voices we are getting ready to announce the newest grantee projects. We received over 270 proposals from non-profits, NGOs, and activists from around the world who want to use citizen media tools to bring new and under-represented voices to the conversational web. In addition to seeking small amounts of funding for digital cameras, […] more »

by David Sasaki

Despite Bolivia’s low internet penetration (among the lowest in Latin America at 4.4% compared to neighboring Chile’s 36.1%, according to El Deber), the citizen media project and Rising Voices grantee Bolivian Voices is determined to spread Web 2.0 well beyond Bolivia’s connected elite. Their latest initiative, Web 2.0 for Everyone, began Friday with a public […] more »